The King’s Speech: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon [ESFJ 2w1]

Function Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Elizabeth has a warm and social air about her which calmly and competently handles correcting others’ methods of royal address – upon meeting Lionel’s shocked wife in his front room, she smiles and tells her “It’s Your Majesty the first time, then Ma’am as in ‘ham,’ not Marm as in ‘palm.’” She easily knows what to say to her husband to help him feel better and reassure him of his capabilities, and admit that she married him because she felt sure that his “beautiful stutter” would mean he took a backseat to politics. She takes an avid interest in him, and in their children, and encourages them all toward personal growth. Most of her time and attention revolve around supporting and championing her husband, and she appears to give very little thought to herself. Upon disapproving of Wallis Simpson, she asks Churchill whether he intends to disapprove of or scold her. She does not much like change, and respects the past – complaining that Wallis is knocking down two hundred year old trees on the country estate to “improve the view.” Elizabeth has no trouble adhering to the traditions of court or in showing up at the necessary functions. She relies primarily on her own experiences and impressions of Lionel in deciding whether or not to hire him to help her husband; that he came ‘highly recommended’ by a personal family friend swayed her in his favor. Elizabeth prefers a more simple life. She also knows they cannot go on as they are, but must prepare for an uncertain future, and enables her husband to move forward with confidence. She has a witty, almost cheeky sense of humor, but reserves it mostly for Bertie. She trusts others to find ways to fix her husband’s speech impediment rather than attempting to figure it out herself, showing her preference for social organizing (Fe) rather than intense analysis (inferior Ti).

Enneagram: 2w1 so/sp

Elizabeth ignores her husband’s refusal to go to yet another speech therapist and seeks him out one anyway, for his own good. She supports, champions, and praises him with little attentiveness to her own needs. She can be forthcoming in her opinions and tender with her children, but also firm in their need to behave appropriately. Much like her husband (and the rest of England, for that matter), she disapproves of Wallis and her immoral behavior. Elizabeth tries to conduct herself appropriately and remain above disapproval, even when she does not care to be in the same room with Bertie’s verbally abusive brother. She is civil to him and Wallis, despite her personal feelings, showing her 1 wing tendency to repress her own anger for good behaviors’ sake.